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When do you stop believing government warnings?

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When do you stop believing government warnings?

...when they become inaccurate, out of date and counter productive. They may think that they are performing their "Duty of Care" towards their nationals by being supreme alarmist, but they certainly not helping the country they are guest in and supposedly be their "Pacific friends".

The Australian government spends a high amount of Australian taxpayers money in Vanuatu in "Foreign Aid" to assist Vanuatu become economically independent. Then why does it maintain the following on its website when it simply is an untruth, and continually damaging the Vanuatu tourism (the only viable industry the country has to build its economy)?

Although the caution was valid for a few days back in May, travellers are still cancelling their trips to Tanna three months after the warning due to this Australian Government notice. If you have been to the volcano recently and love Vanuatu like the rest of us, then write in to the Australian government website and tell them. I will be raissing the point with local authorities.

For newbies on the volcano issue please see the latest postings on this topic in Tripadvisor.

PS: I was on the rim three weeks ago, it was awesome. Coming to Vanuatu without walking the Tanna Volcano is akin to visiting Paris without taking the lift up the Eiffel tower.

Cheers from Port Vila,



Vanuatu overall This Advice is current for Sunday, 08 August 2010.

Be alert to own security

Exercise caution

High degree of caution

Reconsider your need to travel

Do not travel

This advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information in the Summary (hazard rating for Mount Yasur). The overall level of the advice has not changed.


• We advise you to be alert to your own security in Vanuatu.

• Exercise common sense and look out for suspicious behavior, as you would in Australia.

• Vanuatu is subject to a range of natural disasters. Cyclone season in Vanuatu is from November to April, however, tropical storms and cyclones may occur in other months. Earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions also occur. See the Natural Disasters section below for more detailed advice.

• Since January 2010, Vanuatu authorities have issued alerts for the volcano Mount Yasur on the island of Tanna. On 27 May 2010, Vanuatu authorities upgraded the hazard rating for Mount Yasur to “Alert level 3”. Public access to the volcano is now strictly prohibited and people living in the risk zone should move to safer areas. Volcano activity levels can change quickly. You should always contact the Vanuatu Tourism Office for the latest advice prior to travelling to areas where volcanic activity may occur.

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1. Re: When do you stop believing government warnings?

Have you spoken to the Australian Embassy Port Vila ?

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2. Re: When do you stop believing government warnings?

Have been in discussion with the Vanuatu Tourism Office and they are following it up with the Aust gov office in Australia.

The other side of issue is that if you cry "Wolf" too many times, next time no will take notice. I am naturally all for timely warnings, but there has to be a better balance found.

Some in the media search for bad news Iin gov' notices) and go to town on any drama they can find regardless of the consequences to others. People are seriously affected, their livelyhood being decimated overnight. Most indigenous operators do not have working capital to sustain a loss of weeks without bookings, hence they may take their kids out of school because they have to use little money they have to eat.

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3. Re: When do you stop believing government warnings?

I was at Yasur on Sunday 1 August 2010, and it was fine. There was one strlonger blast which caused our guide to move people from one particular viewing point that he considered unsafe, and he kept an eye on the crater. I felt he was conscious of safety. After all, killing a tourist isn't going to do wonders for his employment prospects!

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4. Re: When do you stop believing government warnings?


The smartraveller website has been updated and the Mt Yasur warning levels have been removed: smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/…Vanuatu.

Thanks VTO management for following it through.

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